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Damnation - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2596
Reviews: 1048
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%


Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beerguy101 on 09-19-2003)
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BWED

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into what looked like a hybrid between a teku and a tulip glass, at Strangelove's, Philly.

A- Pale golden yellow haze of a body, with a light, nearly wispy, white head. Well retained. Beautifully showcased in the glass.

S- Yeasty up front. A bit of booze aroma, but the distinct Belgian spiciness and subtle citrus notes overcome.

T- A light sweetness comes out with yeast and spice. Tangy light fruit character as well.

M- Light body, with a tangy crisp finish. Pleasant.

O- This is a good beer. It's got great characteristics, but as far as Russian River goes for me so far, nothing has stuck out much. The big rare brews they have aren't common in my area, so maybe that's why I'm missing the hype of RR.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2013 02:35:03 | More by BWED
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.68 oz. bottle purchased in May 2013 in San Francisco, bottled on 1/8/13, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 10/3/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - golden coloration, minor clarity (can see but not read through through), frothy eggshell head settles into a 1-2 finger head, carbonation just pouring off the bottom of the glass (bottle conditioned)

S: 9/12 - lemon, curaco orange peel, coriander

T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, most of the flavors are clean Belgian with a mild tartness, in the middle of the mouth, there's some spicy Noble hop aromas and mild sweetness; the alcohol is present but certainly not overwhelming; finishes dry with minimal aftertaste

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied and appropriately carbonated for a Belgian golden strong ale (bottle conditioned); really nice dry, crisp finish that doesn't linger at all

O: 8/10 - solid Belgian golden strong that's another excellent offering from Russian River; it's good but I don't think that it's as good as some of the best examples of the style, e.g. Duvel, Don de Dieu and Delirium Tremens

TOTAL = 40/50

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:34:41 | More by MNishCT77
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a goblet/snifter from a corked and caged 375ml bottle. Pours a cloudy rich golden straw with a foamy two-finger head. Solid retention.

Aroma: Fruity and spicy notes, subtle banana, some fresh grains. Some mild spiciness perceptible as the beer warms.

Taste: Sweet and spicy, but the flavors are beguilingly subtle, and blend together very effectively. Alcohol is not noticeable, unlike some in this style. Slight (very slight) tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and very smooth, eminently drinkable. If it were't the price tag, I could drink more than a few of these.

Overall: Excellent, easily drinkable, well put together beer in this style. Lower in alcohol and slightly less harsh then some other examples.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 04:45:05 | More by jhawth
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured minimal head on a clear, straw colored body.
The aroma is wonderful: apple, pear, dry grain and barnyard.
The taste is full of fruit: apple and pear again. There's a sour note middle to end and some lemon bitterness too. Nicely balanced.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 00:11:14 | More by Fatehunter
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass

A: Pours an hazy apricot orange color with a finger of fizzy white head. Retention and lacing are below average.

S: Dried apricot is the most prevalent aroma. A bit of peppercorn and clove as well.

T: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Again, the dried apricot is strong with a nice, yet subtle spiciness behind it.

M: A bit on the thick side for the style with strong carbonation. Very nice.

O: Fruity, spicy, well balanced. I enjoyed this. The more I drank it, the more I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:09:59 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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utopiajane

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hzy gold with a nice fat white head of foam that fell pretty fast. Left nice lace a cap and ring. Bubbles rising up from the bottom but not in an effervescing stream. These are lazy bubbles.

Nose is grass, fresh with citrus and grain plus a nice spicy yeast and scent of coriander. Pale, biscuit and lemon. Subtle nad mellow ont he nose. As it warms it gains a little peach and some apricot. There is no alcohol on the nose.

Taste is the citrus with a little lemon zest for sweetness, the light peach and apricot. Juicy and smooth. Very mellow. So light with it's pale grains that deepen as it warms to a really fantastic roundness on the tongue. Faint hop bitter that is very retrained but adds pleasantly to the mouthfeel. The grain is rich and there is a little earthy dryness. Mineral qualities soften the mouthfeel. The spice is the perfect accent to the fruits.

You would think that with a name like damnation it would be roiling. Shouting from the depths or something with all kinds of strong flavors clamoring. It is the exact opposite of that. It's depth is in the grain and how that sweetens fully and naturally and without any sugary quality showing that the earth is deep and golden in it's nature. Drinks easily and it's only flaw is that there isn't more fruit sweetness in the finish. But, even that fits the concept of damnation as it leaves a bit of longing. Easy and refreshing. Nothing heavy about this one it has a silky texture and excellent balance. It sparkles with depth and complexity rather than with carbonation and has a softness on the palate that is tangible. All of the qualities are only lightly forward making this one a very demure drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 15:18:05 | More by utopiajane
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StrongAleSkeptic

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 25-July-2013, Enjoyed: 2-Sep-2013...
A - Pours a hazy golden color with a decent billowing head, settling down to a thin film of bubbles. The tulip glass accentuates the cascading effect of bubbles rising from the bottom.
S - Grassy, grain notes, rounded out by a fresh yeast and biscuit backbone. Subtle, citrusy hop character in there too.
T - Begins with a spicy tinge of citrus and coriander and lighter grape notes, evolving into a pale, slightly-hopped foundation. Little to no perceived bitterness, but it's recognized as it compliments the decadence of the dried fruits from the yeast esters. It's faint, but there is a note of dried apricot, maybe peach and plantain. Decadent and rich with a dryness to keep everything balanced.
M - Complex. There's a higher body to this one with the yeast and unfiltered ingredients contributing to a larger mouthfeel, but the dryness in the end helps to balance the texture. The spicy notes help to further that experience, creating a tantalizing sip that can only be satiated by another.
O - Phenomenal experience. I would possibly put this American take on the Belgian style at the top spot for American offerings. I definitely have to respect the care and attention that this delicate recipe has received. Looking forward to a few more months of bottle-aging the others.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 15:33:52 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
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beepill

California

3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Bottle bought at Russian River Brewery. Poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A - Opaque, hazy golden-yellow body with a nice foamy head about 1.5 cm thick. Fine lacing throughout.

S - Sour cherries and slight sour apple or apple ciderish smell, followed by wheatbreadiness, musky chardonnay, wet oakey earth.

T - Started off like a witbier - sharp wheat malt with subtle citrus-like and spicy undertones, wheatgrass, and slight bitter aftertaste.

M - High carbonation which is fine, but I think it may have been masking some of the subtle flavors. Slight sour left on lips.

O - My second time having Damnation, and I liked it much more the first time, when I had it on-tap at the brewery. Maybe I should have aged this a little bit longer, or let it sit out a bit to let it warm and let some of the carbon dioxide off to taste some of the more subtle flavors. Nonetheless, it is another good Belgian-style from RRBC. Worth obtaining a bottle and cellaring it for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 16:15:14 | More by beepill
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gold with thick, fluffy, lasting white head and lacing that protrudes from the side of the glass. Nose of sweet hay, honey, wheat and some light floral hops. Medium mouthfeel with some lemon notes, with wheat, honey, yeast. Really smooth drinking golden ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 12:26:03 | More by jbaker67
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a hotel champagne flute.

Appearance: Bright golden yellow with a nice billowy 3" head that recedes to a thick cap with sticky lacing.

Smell: Some citrus, more lemon and lime, and some floral hops.

Taste: As in the nose, really nice fresh citrus balanced almost perfectly against floral hops. Very flavorful a great take on the BPA style.

Mouthfeel: Extremely clean, dry, smooth and refreshing.

Overall: The best American version of a Belgian pale ale I have tasted, on par with Duvel, hell maybe a slight bit better. If this were readily available locally I would always have some on hand.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 16:55:24 | More by BobZ
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first experience with Russian River... Awesome.

A. When being poured, the golden amber was magnificent. The foamy layer of head on top quickly dissipated and left a very thin layer.

S. As soon as the cork was popped, a rich smell of citrus filled my nostrils to much delight. It was not overpowering though.

T. The taste was fantastic. Creamy citrus with a hint of caramel is a lo let combo in this beer and done correctly. I am a Belgian fan and have not had one this, close to perfection. The flavor lingers for quite sometime as well.

M. Once in your mouth, it has a thick somewhat creamy feel and goes down very easily. It is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had.

O. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Every aspect of it is on point and is simply amazing. Which each sip take, I am still in amazement over the complexity of the flavor and feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:40:28 | More by mikefuski17
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: After popping the cork, it was poured into a tulip glass. It glugged out of the belgium style bottle and produced a bright white head with tiny bubbles one finger tall. It receded quickly and left a dusting on the top and edge of the glass. The beer itself a sunshine golden blonde color with no haze (i didn't pour the sediment on the first pour).

S: Lemony and spicey scented hop aromas woft off the top, mixed with a cider like scent. A hint of booze comes through but not overwellming.

T: Moderate bitterness with a citrusy lemon/orange peel flavor. Very clean fermentation charector keeping the phenolics subdued (which usually turns me off from belgians). Malty sweetness is kept low and has a doughy, pie crust flavor.

M: Very high carbonation and light body and dry finish, a slight mouth drying sensation as it sits on the pallet a while and a bit of a warming alcohol sensation.

O: A gift on a trade and this was a winner! The phenolics are kept in check by the hop bitterness and flavor and its got a nice dry finish making it very drinkable and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:50:20 | More by guityler83
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MWolverines66

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color into a tulip glass. Has a citrus aroma with floral undertones, you can smell a little lemon zest and yeast. Taste is very lite and crisp, like a saison, summer beer, or a cider rather than a strong pale ale. You can barely notice any of the alcohol in it, and the rich flavor completely mask what ever alcoholic taste there is. It makes for a very enjoyable, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 21:07:10 | More by MWolverines66
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, some breadiness, lemon/citrus, some peppery spices and cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some yeast, bready malts, some lemon/citrus, cloves, banana, faint pepper and some grassy notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 22:11:58 | More by SebD
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TastefulNudity

California

4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the local Total Wine, found in a random box in the cooler room. It should be stated that I am a Russian River fanboy and that's why I bought it, but I will try to be unbiased.

Appearance: Awesome bottle, corked and caged. Just wish RR would ditch the stupid Comic Sans font. Poured in to a tulip with the yeast left behind, straw yellow bordering on orange with a decent sized head that sticks around, nice lacing. Nice to see it doesn't overflow like Duvel did on me.

Smell: Great Belgian quality. Yeast, bread, small amount of tropical fruit, strong banana, clove. Smells like good beer.

Taste: Belgian pale with a kick. I've had Duvel in the past which I didn't like for it's overt sweetness, and I've had North Coast's Pranqster, which was fairly balanced. Follows the nose with the bready yeast, transforms in to sweetness with light fruit, and hops play the back end with a small amount of bite. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation perfectly fitting of the style. No alcohol felt, no warming, just as it should be. Taste aside, this is exactly what I'd want in a Belgian pale. Leaves a nice dryness in the mouth, I'd love to drink it fast but 375ml is quickly fleeting.

Overall, the best Belgian Pale I've had to date. Granted there aren't many in my arsenal, but it's a style I normally avoid. Drinking something like this on a daily basis could change my mind. Personally, it's another win from my favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:27:49 | More by TastefulNudity
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super clear light gold with a dense finger off slightly off white/light tan head. Very good retention and lacing. Probably the best that I've seen on a beer this light in color.

S - Light Belgian yeast/spice, some sweet white wine type qualities, slightly citrusy with a mild hop undertone

T - Lots of spiced Belgian yeast up front followed by a sweet/grainy white wine flavor, citrus and a light hop bitterness. slightly alcoholic/belgiany burn - overtime it becomes more of a sweet tart flavor. Very very complex and tasty

M - Lighter bodied but thicker than it looks by a long shot (very very light color). Maybe even medium bodied.. decent carbonation.

O - Incredibly tasty, complex brew. Amazing light color, beautiful appearance, lots and lots of complex flavors make peace together and sing cumbaya on my palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:55:37 | More by MacQ32
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CA_brewster

California

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pored this beer into a glass. It has a very pale golden color with good steady streams of carbonation. Nice white head. The aroma is very spicy, and has an alcoholic fruity smell, like a cider, and a very slight but pleasant hop aroma that comes through right at the end. Really amazing aroma on this beer. I would say it's the high point of this brew but honestly it's great all around. Moving on to taste. The spice comes across on the palate quite strong at first but gives way to earthy malty notes almost reminiscent of straw. A very pleasant, fruity aftertaste ends the experience. This beer has a really nice, crisp, and dry mouthfeel. Overall this is a really tasty double pale ale. Lots of interesting stuff going on in this beer. By all means worth giving a try if you stumble upon it and this seems to be the easiest Russian River brew to track down.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 20:37:44 | More by CA_brewster
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/4/12.

Appearance: Either golden and clear or a yellowish honey color and opaque, depending on how much yeast ends up in the glass. White frothy head that laces well.

Aroma: Belgian yeast esters, pear, white pepper. Like a Tripel that's been toned down.

Taste: Nice refreshing malt base that works as a canvas for the yeasty flavors to be painted on. Lots of spicy, almost peppery hop and yeast character. Finish is pear and dates with an aftertaste of dark spice notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with lots of effervescence that somehow remains soft on the palate. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A good beer by Russian River and nice example of the style. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:15:47 | More by JamesMN
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for Kevin to bringing me a few of these on his recent West Coast trip. Dated September 2012, a few months away from it's first birthday. It pours a golden honeycomb color and is almost 100% opaque. It's got a big head, the whitest of the white with thin, fine bubbles; it's super creamy and conjures up even larger when the glass is agitated. Super solid looking for a Belgian pale.

Belgian yeast abound, wall to wall, erring towards the slightly sweet banana side of things, with lighter hints of clove and a soft underbelly full of bubblegum. It's pretty "spicy" on the nostrils, though, with some white pepper in the background and a bit of alcoholic phenol notes that show up every now and then. Some slightly tart pear enters during the outro as well - quite a nice display of Belgian yeast, especially for an American-crafted brew.

As the aroma would indicate, some slightly-rotten banana cream is abundant in the flavor from the very first sip. Each pile of banana is follow up quickly with a sharp hint of spices; coriander, clove, orange zest, white pepper; spicy overall, yet pretty mild and refined in the big picture. I'm now struggling to decide whether it's more sweet or more spicy, and perhaps that's because it's such a perfectly even split.

It's certainly a very yeasty brew, as most Belgian pales should be. The backdrop contains thick mounds of buttery bread covered in a layer of super-duper, cheesy and musty funk. The finish is very bready and cellar-y with a dry finishing funk that obliterates any sweetness that's made it this far on your palate. It's medium bodied, though it feels a bit thicker, possibly from the heavy yeast. Crispy, nearly bubbly carbonation.

The first of the "non-sour" ales that I've tried from Russian River's line of Belgian style beers, and I'm mildly impressed. There are certainly some better, authentic Belgian pales out there... Then again, I'd also choose Damnation over many other authentic Belgian pales, too. One of the best things about the brew is the somewhat low price point... 4-5$ a bottle isn't bad for this tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 18:37:30 | More by tectactoe
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 375mL brown c&c bottle with a bottling date of 12/05/12. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a lemony straw yellow with a pillowy, marshmallow head of about two fingers. Body is murky from some of the sediment getting into the glass. Foam takes two minutes or more to dissipate and to leave clinging but light lacing to the glass and a foamy layer of film on top that thickens around the edges of the glass. So far, so good.

Smell - Initial notes of lemongrass, mild phenolic fruit characteristics and some sharp citrus. Yeasty elements are also present to round out the nose. A little mild for my taste, but complex and well-done.

Taste - Less mild than the smell but there is still a faintness, an ethereal nature to the overall character. Lemon and citrus, with faint spice and yeasty, bready notes, like graham cracker. As it warms, some elements of Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-high carbonation with light body. Drying finish.

Overall, an excellent BSPA, one that approaches the majesty of Duvel, but the smell/taste aren't quite as intoxicating to my senses. Given Duvel's relative ease of access, and Damnation's relative difficulty (for me), I can't say I will likely try this one again soon, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 02:42:58 | More by LambicPentameter
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da_beers

Florida

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Similar to a lot of RR stuff - the looks are very simple. Pours a light yellow with the faintest greet coloring. Two fingers of great white head, faint lacing. Good carbonation coming up.

S - Smell is crisp and fresh like a nice lager. Faint citrus fruit, great yeast and breadyness. Nice grassiness to it as well.

T - To be honest, I am a little underwhelmed by this one. My expectations may have been set a little high. Fruity, mainly banana really. Very smooth and has a somewhat dry finish. Has a warming quality from the alcohol. Some earthy/grassy notes to it as well, no real hops to speak of.

M - Smooth and slightly buttery. Warming. Very drinkable. Good carbonation across palate.

O - Good, not great. Feel like its a little uninspired. Was very excited and a tad let down. RR is great, however - they really have set their own bar high.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:32:46 | More by da_beers
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from San Jose CA for $6 - new house day!

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden/amber with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, banana, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and banana/apples. There is also some buttery notes and a bit of a herbal spiciness. It ends with a ripe fruit lightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I think this bottle if from 2011 and perhaps it is a bit past its prime. Still a nice tasting beer, but I will have to track down a fresh one. It doesn't taste as refreshing/vibrant as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 00:14:13 | More by spinrsx
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a golden body, cloudy and a 2 finger paper white head.

S - Belgian yeast, banana, red apple, bready notes and hay.

T - Mild sweetness and white pepper in the beginning. Bready yeast notes, clove and earth characteristics in the end.

M - Light bodied, medium to full carbonation. Very easy to drink and abv isn't very noticeable.

O - Judged on RR status alone I can see why this is rated so high. It's not one of their best beers, but their best beers are pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 17:37:08 | More by cvm4
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 5/31/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Hazy, dark gold - big, fluffy, off-white head that sticks around indefinitely (which it should, since it's decidedly Belgian) - leaves some nice chunks of lacing

Smell: Definitely a Belgian pale, bursting with Belgian yeast - ripe bananas, clove, and some subdued bubblegum - some light fruits, and a hint of pepper - light, pale malts in the background to add some balance

Taste: Lightly tart, with lots of Belgian yeast - banana candy, candi sugar, clove, and mild bubblegum - some light pepper, light fruits - minimal bitterness - pale, lightly sweet grains - light overall, but definitely flavorful

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth

Overall: Is it a rule that all Belgian Strong Pale Ales must have a name that references the devil and/or hell?

My issue with Belgian Strong Pale Ales is that I'm always comparing them to the generally infallible Duvel. This is a solid offering from Russian River. However, given how epic the "average" Russian River beer is, Damnation doesn't really stand out.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 16:17:11 | More by angrybabboon
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bubbly, golden cloudy body. Solid retention and medium lacing.

S: Funk and yeast. Peach. Apple juice sweetness. Some hay and grassiness.

T: Yeasty. Peach taste is strong. More grassy than the nose suggests. Some citrus character.

M: dry. Light- Medium body. Sharp.

O: solid, but not life-changing.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:20:08 | More by Justin_Neff
Damnation from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,596 ratings.